Child Passenger Safety Week: Avoiding Heatstroke in the Car

Of course you know better than to leave your baby in her car seat on a hot Nicholasville summer day—but it's almost fall. What if you just ran into the store for a minute?

A child dies approximately every 10 days in the U.S. from heat stroke in a car. Temperatures as low as 60 degrees have proven fatal, because the inside of a vehicle can heat up quickly, and a child's body temperature rises up to five times faster than an adult's.

Leaving a child unattended in a car is never worth it.

According to, most parents agree. Fewer than 12 percent of children who died in hot cars were left there intentionally. In more than half of cases, a parent forgot the child was there, and in a third of cases, the child got into the vehicle on their own.

Experts recommend:

  • Putting something in the back seat that you will need right away, like a smartphone, employee ID, or wallet. If you forgot a sleeping child in their car seat, you will see them when you grab the item.
  • Keeping cars locked, and keys out of reach.
  • Checking the car and trunk immediately if a child goes missing.
  • Calling 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle.
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